Yorktown Residence, Yorktown, New York

The owners of this 33 acre property in Westchester County made minimal improvements to the exterior of the main house, but instead concentrated on transforming the grounds of this circa 1913 estate. Quennell Rothschild & Partners utilized new groves of native White Pine, an alee of Zelkova trees which line the long entry driveway, and installation of magnificent specimen trees such as Deodora Cedar, Katsura Trees and Kousa Dogwood. The planting program was used to reinforce the outdoor spaces, provide secure privacy screening and strategically frame views to the Pontico Hills.

Other landscape improvements on the site include the transformation of the formerly open and exposed swimming pool area into a beautiful garden setting with perennial beds and flowering shrubs, the creation of a wisteria shaded terrace tucked behind the shell of an existing pool house, a lushly planted outdoor shower on other side of the pool house, and the camouflage of the tennis court with hundreds of live willow slips woven into the surrounding fence. The main drive was repaved with exposed aggregate asphalt and bands of cobblestone gutters to each side creating an elegant entrance to the house.

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